‘Guys is it bright enough? We don’t want you to fall asleep half way through’ – GA1 Eleonora Savvidou, GA1
Before the workshop began, a chair said ‘Guys is it bright enough? We don’t want you to fall asleep half way through’. They began with an ice breakers, the microphone was passed around, everyone was asked to say the most important thing in their lives. Answers varied from food, to Netflix accounts to turtles.
The workshop began with the history of Medimun. There were questions like: Why participate? Answers included because it is an unforgettable educational experience, it increases confidence, cooperation, discussions and learn- ing to appreciate cultural diversity.
At 10.30, we talked about resolution writing including the introduction, facts, opera- tive clauses, introductory clauses and assuming that there is an unlimited UN budget. Then we voted on whether to have heating in the hall. Following this we talked about lobbying- a session of informal discussion regarding issues to be debated, when considering that the country you have is not your enemy. Chairs said ‘Be flexible and sneaky’. Furthermore, we discussed the debating procedure. Voting procedure examples included: ‘those who wish to vote for a break’, ‘Overwhelming votes for but a break is not in order’.
Then we discussed phrases used in the house including ‘order in the house’ and ‘stop talking’. Advice was given on how to deliver a formal speech- ‘not too soft, loud or else you will scare the house’. Do not use personal pro- nouns, always-3rd person, do not be shy when delivering a speech or making a mistake, show your passion. Following the break a chair said- ‘It’s time for the relaxing section. Sorry to both- er you with all the boring stuff before. I want to know if there is a song, you prefer. It has to be a song you can dance to. There will be punishments if you don’t dance’. This involved some choosing to take off their uncomfortable, fancy shoes and others made their way to the stage. The reaction from chair was ‘Unfortunately it won’t be as casual in the actual conference. Hope you will turn dancing skills into speaking skills’.
‘Let’s play a game!’ said the delegate of UK and suggested “pink elephants”. Chairs asked if anyone is willing to make a speech on Brexit. The delegate of Zimbabwe volunteered and then the debate continued but this time regarding Trump. The delegate of USA explained that Nassa has improved since Trump has been voted. He gives a new prospective to our world problems. Trump has a view on the future ra- ther than Obama who have views on the past.
Following this, there was a reading of a resolution. There were discussions of reducing the supply of weapons of mass destructions. Discussions to prevent conflicts by limiting the amount of arms. All UN states should work to- gether with common purpose, to allow further cooperation. Societies must realise military action is not required to resolve conflict. Next, to the floor went delegate of Cambodia and stated huge numbers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Syrian Civil War. In fact, 70 people every hour, all killed by explosive methods. He ex- plained we need to look at the truth to tackle the problem. Most weapons come from US and UK. Delegate of Palestine went to the floor, and explained that movies and games show extreme gun violence promoting wars. In addition, many clauses are ambiguous and redundant- urges to vote against resolution. We moved onto the voting procedure. A chair said ‘Now it’s time to seal the doors so no one can escape’, 35 voting against, 10 for- ‘resolution does not pass. No clapping!’